A Housing Crisis Fix, One Backyard Unit at a Time

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The interior of an Accessory Dwelling Unit in LA's Crenshaw neighborhood.  (Saul Gonzalez/KQED)

Texas Sues California Over Travel Ban

The state of California has a ban on taxpayer-funded travel to 11 states because of their policies involving the LGBTQ community. Now, one of those states is fighting back.
Reporter: Raquel Maria Dillon, KQED

L.A. Councilman Wants to Tighten Rent Control

With rents rising faster than wages in Los Angeles, one city official wants to tighten up existing rent control rules.
Reporter: David Wagner, KPCC

Bay Area Congresswoman Behind Push for ERA in House

The Equal Rights Amendment would enshrine protection against gender discrimination in the U.S. Constitution. California voted to approve it way back in 1973. But until Virginia voted for it this month, the ERA has been stalled for decades. The House of Representatives took it up this morning.
Reporter: Mary Franklin Harvin, KQED

Domestic Dogs Transmit Distemper to Wildlife

More California raccoons, skunks and foxes are sick with distemper this year. Wildlife officials say the animals caught the virus from domestic dogs.
Reporter: Steve Milne, CapRadio

A Housing Crisis Fix, One Backyard Unit at a Time

Starting this year, new state laws make it easier for people to convert the land where residential garages or backyard sheds now stand into housing that homeowners can rent out. The California Report co-host Saul Gonzalez toured an accessory dwelling unit, or ADU, in the Crenshaw neighborhood of Los Angeles to talk about their potential.
Guest: Steven Dietz, architect and developer